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HSE begins phased pay restoration

24 Apr 2017

The HSE has applied pay adjustments and related measures, which were effective from April 1, in accordance with the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI)Act 2015 and the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018 (LRA), with a second round of pay rises set to apply from September.

“The pay adjustments should be applied as appropriate, from April 1,” HSE National Director of Human Resources Rosarii Mannion notified the Executive’s management.

This comes after the Department of Health (DoH) issued a circular to the Executive dated March 22 and signed by Assistant Secretary in the Department Teresa Cody, which sets out the revised consolidated salary scales for members of health sector grades, including hospital consultants, to apply to public servants from April 1 and September 1, 2017.

A key provision is the first phase of pay restoration for public servants who were subject to pay adjustment under the FEMPI Act 2013 (Haddington Road Agreement).

“The amount by which the annual remuneration of a public servant stands reduced by virtue of section 2A of the FEMPI 2013 Act, the amount of which, as so reduced, is not less than €65,000 and not more than €110,000, shall be restored by one half of that reduction,” states the circular.

“The amount by which the annual remuneration of a public servant stands reduced by virtue of section 2A of the FEMPI 2013 Act, the amount of which, as so reduced, is in excess of €110,000, shall be restored by one-third of that reduction.”

It also provides for an adjustment to pay rates for certain public servants to include an additional payment from April to August 2017 inclusive, for those earning up to €65,000 and the continued application of the €1,000 annualised payment from September 1 for those earning up to €65,000.

Mannion said in a small number of instances whereby the implementation of a pay increase to one scale point resulted in that point exceeding one or even up to three higher points on the same scale, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform had made a Direction whereby any higher increments ‘leapfrogged’ in this way would also be increased so they were the same value as the lower point.

The revised pay arrangements will also impact on overtime, premium payments, and allowances, including fixed allowances, according to the circular.

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